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Hockey clinics score funding support

OHA Hockey Club is gearing up to host a series of upcoming ‘Come and Try’ days thanks to the support of a $2000 Community Sport and Recreation Grant from the State Government.

With 465 members, OHA is the largest hockey club in Tasmania.

OHA president David McCambridge said the club’s rich history of hockey dated back almost 100 years to 1919.

“We pride ourselves on sportsmanship, mate-ship and camaraderie at all skill levels,” he said.

“We consider success both on and off the field as equally important, and the junior programs we coordinate in the off season are leading the way in supporting junior development.

“With the support of the Sport and Recreation grant, we are able to purchase junior hockey equipment and have extended an invitation to anyone wanting to try hockey to be part of a Come and Try day.

“Having this equipment means participants have no barriers to trying the sport for the first time or getting back into it if they have played previously.

“With additional support from club volunteers through our committee, coaches and junior coordinators, we are able to provide expert instruction on hockey skills and also information about becoming a player in the association.”

Local Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer visited the Tasmanian Hockey Centre in New Town to announce the funding and renew her hockey skills at a Come and Try day.

“The funding will be used to purchase equipment to support junior hockey clinics,” Ms Archer said.

“This will include junior hockey packs, goalie packs, as well as coloured bibs and hockey balls.

“I am proud to support grassroots sporting clubs like OHA that are doing a great job at providing opportunities for players of all levels and abilities.

“Initiatives such as OHA’s Come and Try days also support our commitment to encourage Tasmanians of any age to get healthy and live happier, longer lives.

“This aligns with our ‘Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan’ to make the state the healthiest in the nation by 2025.”

For further information on OHA’s ‘Come and Try Days’, visit www.ohahockeyclub.com

Caption: Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer with OHA’s president David McCambridge, coach Sam McCambridge and junior members of the OHA Hockey Club.

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